One thing I noticed is that while it's pretty easy to discover great old movies, it's not as easy to…
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
After months of reading glowing reviews, and two failed attempts to see it at the cinema, I finally got to watch it on the big screen and boy was it worth the wait. I was worried I had unrealistic expectations but the film more than met them. The movie is part Game of Death and part final level of computer game Streets of Rage 2 but with added guns, machetes and broken limbs.
Merantau Warrior proved that both director Gareth Evans and martial arts star, Iko Uwais, had great potential and we only had to wait one more film for that potential to be realised. The Raid is a proper balls-to-the-wall action film jam packed with bone crunching and innovative…
This film is scorcher! Super intense action throughout, classic action movie themes, good cinematography, and a nice soundtrack by some guy from Linkin Park. That last bit is advertised on the cover of the BD, which was not a selling point to me -- in fact, I think I laughed -- but the sounds are very appropriate to the material. And I guess there is no point in pretending that I don't know the words to most of that first Linkin Park album.
Anyway, this film was directed by some Welsh fellow by the name of Gareth Evans. The movie is in Indonesian and takes place in Jakarta, so I was really expecting that the director would be some Asian…
Simple storyline in the best possible way.
The best action I've ever seen on film, if you haven't seen The Raid and call yourself an action fan, you're lying.
This legitimately may be the greatest action movie ever made.
3rd time I've seen this, still as good s the first time.
July 2016 Scavenger Hunt Challenge #12: A movie written in a language you do not speak.
Definitely one of the best action films in recent years. Although several of the shots were obviously sped up in post, and I had a hard time caring about the characters, this was a really exciting movie.
Zum Teil fand ich das gesehene wirklich großartig, die Kämpfe und die Härte, die die die mitbrachten. Das ganze drum herum hingegen hätte ich nicht gebraucht, auch die Bruderstory war mir eigentlich total wurscht und ich hab mich immer gefreut, wenn es wieder zur Sache ging. Die 2-3 Kämpfe gegen Ende fand ich dann aber langweilig, wenn die ihre paar Minuten dauern reißen die mich raus, da können die auch noch so geil choreographiert sein. Bin da eher ein Freund von "Hau einem richtig aufs Maul und er bleibt liegen" als wenn beide Parteien nach gefühlt 100 Treffer einstecken und immer noch stehen.
If only MadDog was a little more mad he would have made it.
The choreography of the fights, the freezing color palet, the tense soundtrack.
It is rare to watch such a stressful and action-packed film that manages to make you care and ties all ends in a neat bow of a script that discloses only what is necessary in order to focus on the feelings of the characters.
One of the most beautiful movies I've seen in a long time.
The Raid sometimes feels more like a demo reel than a film, in that the narrative is a perfunctory part of the experience. The Raid is really about staging visually exciting action, and as far as that goes, it really works.
Featuring a setup that wouldn't feel out of place in a classic arcade game, The Raid is about a group of Indonesian police officers who have been given the task of infiltrating a rundown building and taking down a powerful crime lord. Outside of a couple of twists, the narrative has no real ambition beyond that, nor does it really need any: the simple plot is plausible if a bit exaggerated, and serves as a vehicle for the action…
Not on Letterboxd:
218. "Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen-MUST WATCH END!!"
A ranking of many of the action flicks I've subjected myself to over the years, rated 3 stars or more.…